Having Colorbond fencing also means taking the time to clean it once in a while. It is advised to clean your Colorbond steel fence biannually. Doing it at least twice a year would help your fencing to maintain its aesthetically pleasing looks longer. At times, however, you may be time-poor for various reasons. Hence, you may wonder if pressure cleaning your Colorbond steel fencing is allowed. That means if you choose to pressure clean your Colorbond fence, is it safe to do so without damaging the Colorbond steel?
In the following post, we will focus on what Colorbond fencing is, including how it is made and whether you can pressure clean the fence.
What is Colorbond fencing?
Colorbond® steel has quickly become a favourite material in the building industry across Melbourne and other cities in Australia. Colorbond steel sheets used for fencing and other purposes, such as roofing, are manufactured in Australia to Australian Standards (AS1397 and AS/NZS 2728). It has been tested in some of the harshest Australian conditions over the last 50 years in order to make sure it can withstand the extreme external factors to last longer.
Colorbond steel is pre-painted steel that is lightweight and has corrosion-resistant properties. Some may compare Colorbond steel to aluminium due to being corrosion-resistant. However, Colorbond is a much stronger material. Hence, due to its sturdiness, it is a much more suitable material for construction purposes.
How are Colorbond steel sheets manufactured? Good question.
Firstly, Colorbond has a steel base that has been made in a way to ensure that it has strict adherence. The base is then coated in BlueScope’s industry-leading metallic coating. This coating incorporates Activate® technology that provides enhanced corrosion resistance. Once that is done, a thin pre-treatment layer is applied. That allows optimising the adhesion of coatings that will be applied later.
After the pre-treatment, a corrosion inhibitive primer is baked onto the surface. Then a topcoat is baked on. This exterior grade paint will provide a resistance to flaking, chipping and blistering. That, in turn, will make sure that Colorbond steel maintains its good looks for longer.
Should you pressure clean Colorbond fencing?
An answer to this question is ‘depends’. You can use a pressure washer. However, if not experienced, you may cause damage to the steel. Note that any damage caused by using a pressure washer may not be covered by insurance or warranties. Hence, if in doubt, use professionals to clean the fence.
If you decide to use a pressure cleaner, test it out on a small surface, usually on a non-exposed section. Also, make sure it is set on the lowest pressure available on the pressure cleaner. Once that is tested out, and no damage is done, you can switch to a medium pressure level. Be careful with adding the pressure as it can cause the damage to your Colorbond steel fencing.
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